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Micro Brew Fest 2018: A tribute to the art of the craft brewery

Posted on January 5, 2018 In Categories Blog Cultural Activities Las Clementinas Website Featured

The biggest meeting that reunites fans and producers of craft beer in Panama is back. The Micro Brew Fest will be held at the City of Knowledge on January 26 and 27, 2018. They will share the space from home breweries to companies engaged in domestic and international craft brewing. This Panamanian summer, beer fans will enjoy for the sixth time the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the festival, which is recognized as the pioneer promoter of the growing craft beer industry in Panama. In this edition, a new selection of the best local craft beers, as well as other parts of the world, will be accompanied by a wide variety of tasty cuisine.

To understand us better: the term craft brewery or microbrewery is typically applied to breweries that are much smaller than large-scale corporate breweries. This type of breweries are generally characterized by their emphasis on flavor and fermentation techniques.
The movement of craft breweries began in the 1970s in the United Kingdom and later spread to other countries. The first example of these breweries was the Litchborough Brewery, founded by Bill Urauhart in 1975 in the town of Northhampton. Many of the movement’s pioneers went through the Litchborough courses before setting up their own breweries.
Although originally the term “microbrewery” was used to describe the size of breweries, over time it came to reflect an attitude and alternative approach to flexibility in beer production, as well as adaptability and customer service. The term and trend came to the United States in the 1980s and was eventually used to designate breweries that produce less than 15,000 liters of beer per year.

At the Panamanian Micro Brew Fest in 2018, a professional exchange platform will be presented for the first time for all the actors of the craft beer industry. Its called MBF PRO. This platform includes the third edition of El Barrilito de Oro, a contest where the best homemade beer of the year is chosen, and a two-day intensive seminar called MBF Master Class for professional and amateur brewers.
Through these activities, the MBF PRO is the perfect opportunity for beer lovers to meet the Brewers Masters behind their favorite beverages and learn more about the art of brewery. These projects also open the way to achieve the original dream of the organizers: a week dedicated to craft beer in Panama.
The Barrilito de Oro concuso is organized by the specialists of Buenas Pintas and the Micro Brew Fest Panama and is part of the international Beer Judge Certification Program. It is a tribute to the enthusiasts who with great dedication make their own beers at home, either because of the great taste to share them or to turn this beautiful hobby into something more.

The contest will be held on January 22 and 23, 2018 through closed door tastings conducted by internationally certified judges. The winners will be announced during the Micro Brew Fest.

Unlike the beers produced industrially, the Micro Brew Fest promotes specialty beers with subtle and complex flavors that vary between strong, sweet and spicy, some of them made with fruits and tropical flavors. At the festival, you can try more than 200 varieties of local and international beers.
The attraction of the brewers for the possibilities offered by the new flavors, has generated a boom of peculiar artisanal preparations, placing in international competitions the craft beers made in Panama. Throughout its 5 previous editions, the evolution of the Micro Fest Panama has been remarkable. If in the first edition (2013) 6 stands participated with a variety of 25 beers and an audience that added 1,500 people; in its fifth edition, the numbers rose to 30 stands, 200 craft beers and 8,500 attendees, and in 2018 an even greater attendance is expected.

For lovers of beer tasting, the Micro Brew Festival will feature kegs so that attendees can taste the unique flavors of craft beers. The kegs are courtesy of different breweries and importers: Casa Bruja, Central, La Rana Dorada, BrewStop, Clandestina, Panhellenic and Hoppy Hog.

Guests of Las Clementinas will receive a very special gift: complimentary tickets for the two days of the event.